Monday, 31 December 2018
Thursday, 6 December 2018
Monday, 3 December 2018
Sunday, 2 December 2018
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Friday, 9 November 2018
Thursday, 8 November 2018
Top 5 Play in the World Cup! The Woman Champion in the World Championship!
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
The inaugural Thailand Pattaya Open Chess Championship took place from 20-31 October 2018 and what a success it was!
Links to my reports for ChessBase India are below:
https://www.chessbase.in/news/Pattaya-Open-2018 and https://www.chessbase.in/news/Tran-Tuan-Minh-is-the-winner-of-the-first-Thailand-Pattaya-Open-Chess-Championship-2018
With the interview with organisers also published in the Asian Chess Federation website:
Nothing but rave reviews from all present and best of all, it is confirmed that it will again take place from 18-27 October 2018. Book you dates now - I have and am certainly not missing it for anything.
Monday, 22 October 2018
The father of Malaysian chess, Dato' Tan Chin Nam, born 18 March 1926, has passed away on 21 October 2018 at 93 years of age in his home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Since 1974 Dato' Tan had been at the helm of Malaysian chess - for many decades he the President of the Malaysian Chess Federation while also being its biggest patron - and from 1986 to 1990 also served as FIDE Deputy President for Asia and then from 1990-1994 as a member of the FIDE Executive Board.
Not many people today know that it was Dato' Tan who originated and introduced Rapid Chess to FIDE and to the chess world.
The FIDE and Asian events he brought to Malaysia are simply too many to list, and include a World Championship Match, Interzonals, World Youth U-16 Olympiad and numerous Zonals, the only one missing was perhaps the World Chess Olympiad, and even today it is because of his vision that we have the region leading Malaysian Chess Festival for 15 years now and still counting.
Dato' Tan was a man of many interests, or more accurately, passions, where chess perhaps just trumped horse racing, but more important was that in all that he did, he was a huge success.
A successful entrepreneur and businessman who rapidly became one of the top ten richest men in Malaysia, he was always a visionary and innovator, and was instrumental in bringing to and supporting chess in China - the Big Dragon Project - whose rise as both a global economy and chess powerhouse he long foresaw.
Dato' Tan's passing will leave a vacuum in Malaysian chess that will be impossible to fill and Asian chess will be very much poorer for it while FIDE has lost a good friend who embodied "Gens Una Sumus".
Yet, for those who knew him best, it was not his leadership, his generosity and patronage of the game with the endless sponsorship, or even the paradigm changing initiatives, but the many hours watching and playing chess with a man who came to chess late but whose love for it was second to none and who just wanted to be a better player than he was the day before.
Monday, 8 October 2018
We finished 93rd (tied 82nd-101st with a group of 20 teams on 11 points, a 50 percent score).
R1: Loss: 0.5-3.5 vs Belarus, Europe/Ex-Soviet
R2: Draw: 2:2 vs Afghanistan, Asia/Middle East
R3: Win: 3-1 vs Kuwait, Asia/Middle East
R4: Loss: 1-3 vs Madagascar, Africa
R5: Win: 4-0 vs Saudi Arabia, Asia/Middle East
R6: Loss: 1-3 vs Mongolia, Asia
R7: Win: 3.5-0.5 vs Libya, Africa/Middle East
R8: Win: 3.5-0.5 vs Botswana. Africa
R9: Loss: 1-3 vs Canada, Americas
R10: Loss: 0-4 vs Belgium. Europe
R11: Win: 3-1 vs Malawi, Africa
Organized by the Myanmar Chess Federation under the auspices of the ASEAN Chess Confederation.
Only players from the ASEAN member Federations can participate.
ASEAN Open Champion will be awarded a 9-game GM norm, in case of tie, up to first three will be given IM Title; similarly, 9-game WGM norm and WIM titles for women will be awarded.
Subject to the number of players, the system shall be between 9 rounds Swiss / Round-robin.
20th December: Arrival
Technical Meeting at 20:00 hr.
21st December: Opening Ceremony - 09:00 hr.
Round 1 - 10:00 hr.
22nd December: Round 2 - 09:00 hr.; Round 3 - 16.00 hr.
24th December: Round 5 - 09:00 hr.; Round 6 - 16.00 hr.
25th December: Free Day
26th December: Round 7 - 14:00 hr.
27th December: Round 8 - 14:00 hr.
28th December: Round 9 - 09:00 hr.
Closing Ceremony - 16:00 hr.
29th December: Departure
Swiss System. FIDE-rated and FIDE-titled. Rate of play: 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, all without time increment. Zero Start shall apply.
Trophies will be awarded to the Winners, 1st Runner-Up and 2nd Runner-Up. There’ll be no prize money.
6.1. Registration must be made by National Chess Federations for the registering player.
6.2. Entry Fee for Open Championship (FIDE Rating above 2300)
GMs with FIDE Rating above 2500: Free (but a deposit of US$100 is required)
2401 to 2500 - US$150; 2301 to 2400 - US$200
Note: Each Federation may nominate one player below FIDE Rating 2300 for the Open Championship and it should not be lower than 2200. In case of odd number, the host country has the right to add another player.
6.3. Entry fee for Women’s Championship (FIDE Rating 2100 and above)
FIDE Rating above 2300: Free (but a deposit of US$100 is required)
Note: Each Federation may nominate one player below FIDE Rating 2100 for the Women’s Championship and it should not be lower than 2000. In case of odd number, the host country has the right to add another player.
After 7th December 2018, a late surcharge of US$50 will be imposed.
7.1. For Open and Women, the organizer will provide twin-share room with 3 meals for 1 player (Open) and 1 player (Women) from CACDEC countries.
7.2. The players from the other countries shall have to pay for the rooms of their choice.
US$ 90 US$ 60
8. Playing Venue:
Oattara Thiri Hotel, Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
4th ASEAN CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (OPEN/WOMEN) 2018
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Age: Date of Birth (DD/MM/YYYY):
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018
With four rounds to go, Malaysia is in a large group of teams on 7 points and tied 79th to 104th.
Our actual current ranking of 86th outperforms our seeding of 107th with the team playing to their "real" ratings against opponents between 2100-2200, a level of competition we are used to.
The luck of the draw gives us Botswana next, a team seeded 116th which is even lower than we are.
The Malaysian women came to the Olympiad ranked 68th and on 9 points, are now in a group 24th to 43rd.
Li Ting on top board and Nithya on last board are outperforming their ratings while the rest are playing to their normal level.
We play 76th ranked Tajikistan and with a win can break into the top group for the next round.
Monday, 1 October 2018
Once again we have the monthly ranking of our players according to FIDE (World Chess Federation) and it is particularly relevant given it is coming out during the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.
Why? Well, because its as indicative as it can be of the current level of the teams we have sent to participate in this global event that takes place every two years.
Starting with the men, we can see that two are in the top ten, one is in the top twenty (or top fifteen if you prefer to measure like that), another is just outside the top twenty, and one who is not shown because he is not 2000+ is ranked 90th.
With the women is much easier to understand, all five are in the top ten including the first, second and third ranked.
Friday, 28 September 2018
Saturday, 15 September 2018
The World Junior Chess Championship is the real benchmark of talent with many winners graduating to the senior title and many more joining the ranks of the chess elite.
Malaysia has not usually sent our young talent to this event, preferring instead the World Youth Championships which is a much weaker tournament as it is an age-group event with a wide variety and range of participants, meaning as in the Olympiad, there is a group fighting for medals, another group behind but with the chance to make an upset or two and with a bit of luck getting onto the top twenty or thirty, then another group really in the middle, and so on.
Some of our best and most ambitious have however stepped up to the challenge and to these ranks we add FM and NM Wong Yinn Loong, already a national senior champion last year, the mainstay of the Malaysian team to the World U-16 Olympiad, but whose play this year has seen a dip primarily because he is now very more focused on the SPM exams (so why is he even playing one might ask?).
In a super strong field, Yinn Loong has acquitted himself well, performing at over 2300 level and getting 37 rating points on his way to a 50 percent score.
We rarely have our girls play in the World Juniors but this is Rosamund's second time around and as much as she has improved in the last year, she fell short when it mattered over the World Chess Olympiad selection that basically bastardised the National Championships and a lot perhaps had to do with coming off her A-Levels.
Ros cannot be thrilled with her result but she did play to approximately her rating but the many blunders through simple tactical and calculation oversights and poor technique should be of concern if she wants to make real progress in chess.
Sunday, 2 September 2018
Malaysia is ranked 81 on the FIDE Rating List but our team going to Batumi is seeded 108 and so it is a team 27 places below that of a representative side.
With our women it looks more normal as they are ranked 59 in the FIDE Rating List and our team to Batumi is seeded 68 which is just 9 places below.
Friday, 31 August 2018
Thursday, 30 August 2018
So, where are we now with national team selection to the Batumi Olympiad which in my mind was always a non issue?
There was quite an outpouring of anger by some in public, both in open and private letters on top of what appeared in social media, so most certainly stage two... and I think those who felt they had personally missed out would have been at least a little in a state of depression but really hoping for bargaining but it seems if so and at stage four, that never happened!
Given the usual selfishness of the local chess community and the inability of the vast majority to take principled positions consistently and then following up, we should soon be, if not already in the final stage, that of acceptance and moving on until it repeats itself!
When will we grow up?
When will we grow up?
Monday, 27 August 2018
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Photo: Two Legends of Singapore Chess: IM Giam with the younger IM Tan Lian Ann
Deepest condolences to Mr Giam Choo Kwee’s family. Rest in Peace. A lost to Johor Chess too, he had done a lot for us by promoting chess in Johor for a long time. Many Johor players will remember him. - Steven Cheong
He would come on Fridays to the Johor Chess Club meets and play games with us.. I was only 14 years old then. We would then go for dinner where he shared stories of his chess journey. An affable person. - NM Mohd. Kamal Abdullah
Just chatting with him last week about organising chess events in Singapore. He volunteered to find venue and sponsors. - Philip Chan
Sorry to hear about that... one of the legends to inspire us when we were young players. - IM Terry Toh
A good friend has departed. May he rest in peace !! - Watson Tay
I remember all twelve clocks ticking in the sports house when he ran equal time clock simultaneous for the national junior training squad in the late 70s and impatiently waiting for any of us to move. Fondly remember the tournaments he organized in the 80s at the swimming club. His passion for over the board chess was unparalleled. A true mentor. - GM Wong Meng Kong
Sincere Condolences to his family. RIP Mr Giam. Friendly and helpful guy who loves chess. - Andrew Chan
I am very saddened to hear the demise of our good friend Giam. He will be missed my me and my brothers as we were close to him in the late 70's early 80's. - Ramesh Jhunjhnuwala
Sad to hear the news. He will be missed. - IM Tan Lian Ann
One of the pioneers of Queenstown CC Chess Club. RIP - Lim Chye Lye
He was already an icon when I started chess. Remember he organized River Valley CC and Chinese swimming club chess as well as help set up Dr ST LEE Cup in China. Taught me some chess too. RIP. - Ang Hao Yao
We are deeply saddened by the loss of IM Giam. He is not just a Master in Chess but a fatherly figure to us. Constantly encouraging my students whenever he join or visit our Asean Chess Academy (ACA). Plus he was full of humour. The children enjoyed talking to him. He played 9 straight games at last year’s Merdeka Team Championship for ACA... beating some very strong players , even though he was the oldest in the competition. He showed resilience which I admired a lot. It inspires our young generations of chess players.May your soul Rest In Peace .... - GM Nelson Mariano